Posts Tagged ‘High Line’

The Whitney to Honor Alexander von Furstenberg

Monday, April 26th, 2010
Alex von Furstenberg accepts The Whitney Museum's 2010 American Art Award

Alex von Furstenberg accepts the 2010 American Art Award

The Whitney Museum will pay tribute Alexander von Furstenberg and The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation for their “sustained commitment to the artistic and cultural heritage of the arts in America” at the Museum’s 19th annual gala dinner on May 6th.

The gala signifies the inaugural event at The Whitney’s future downtown site at Gansevoort and Washington Streets in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.  Alex von Furstenberg will be presented with the American Art Award, which will be accompanied by the unveiling of a large-scale collaborative commission from American artists Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker.  The first of three installations in an exhibition collectively titled “Whitney on Site: New Commissions Downtown,” Guyton/Kelley’s work can be viewed publically from the High Line from May 8th through June 23rd; subsequent six-week installations by Tauba Auerbach and Barbara Kruger will follow.


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Naming a Special Feature

Monday, October 5th, 2009
Photo by Nikole Bouchard

Photo by Nikole Bouchard

On Friday, new signs were installed to mark the naming of one of the High Line’s most beloved features, The Diller – von Furstenberg Sundeck. A generous gift from The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation made this feature possible, and it’s quickly become an extremely popular gathering spot, especially on sunny days and at sunset.

Members of the Diller – von Furstenberg family, including Barry Diller, Diane von Furstenberg, Alex von Furstenberg, and Tatiana von Furstenberg, have long been supporters of the High Line. Visiting from Los Angeles with his children a few weeks ago, Board member Alex von Furstenberg remarked how great it was to see people actually using the space, after so many years of planning. We thank The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation for their generous support of this feature.

$10 Million Gift for High Line Project

Monday, June 1st, 2009

The media mogul Barry Diller and the fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg have made a $10 million challenge grant to the High Line, the former elevated railway along the Hudson River that is being converted into a landscaped walkway. “I fell in love with the project, with the place,” Ms. von Furstenberg said in a telephone interview. “It’s a beautiful green ribbon that will travel from Gansevoort to the Javits Center.”

The donation ranks among the four largest ever given by individuals to New York City parks, said the parks commissioner, Adrian Benepe. “There’s something about New York and parks that brings out extraordinary generosity,” he said.

This marks the second major donation to the High Line from Mr. Diller and Ms. von Furstenberg, who provided a $5 million gift in 2005. Both have offices near the High Line, Ms. von Furstenberg on 14th Street and Mr. Diller’s IAC headquarters at 18th Street. “They were involved in supporting the High Line from the beginning,” said Joshua David, a co-founder of Friends of the High Line.

The total cost of the walkway’s first section is $86.2 million, Mr. David said, and the second phase — which extends to 30th Street — is expected to cost $66 million. The budget for the third section, which wraps around Hudson Yards, has yet to be determined.


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